State sports minister Sunil Kedar felicitates Aqua Sports Club swimming coach Vishal Chandurkar
By Suhas Nayse
November 13, 2020
Maharashtra cabinet minister for animal husbandry, dairy development and youth welfare and sports Sunil Kedar felicitated Vishal Chandurkar, assistant coach of Aqua Sports Club, for his contribution in the field of swimming.
Kedar congratulated Chandurkar for becoming the youngest and first swimming coach from Nagpur to accomplish the ASCA Level 5 Certification course in swimming coaching at international level and gave him best wishes for his future endeavors.
Chandurkar became a member of American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA), Florida, United States of America in 2014. A couple of years later, he successfully completed ASCA Level 1 certification in swimming coaching and in 2018 ASCA Level 2. Next year he finished Level 3 and this year he completed ASCA Level 4 and 5.
Chandurkar, who is also a former member of Australian Swimming Coaches And Teachers Association (ASCTA) Australia, has completed the ASCTA certification in swimming coaching. Earlier in 2002, he had successfully cleared the certification course in swimming coaching conducted by Netaji Subhash National Institute of Sports, Patiala at New Delhi. Apart from this, he is also a member of the World Swimming Coaches Association (WSCA) USA.
He is a regular member of the Aqua Sports Club and is working in the field of swimming coaching since 1998 and has guided several state, national and international level swimmers from the Orange City including Aditi Shah, youngest National Games female swimmer (Guwahati National Games) and National Games swimmer Ajinkya Kalele, the only male swimmer from Nagpur. Ajinkya had also been the first swimmer from the city to get a medal for Nagpur University at the All India Inter-University Aquatic Championship and is an ace swimmer, who broke the 22-year-old three records of Milind Soman at the Senior State Aquatic Championship held at Mumbai.
Chandurkar also produced national-level swimmers like Pooja Banerjee, Harsh Jaiswal, Siddhant Sardeshpande, Neel Banerjee and Rishika Bodele, who represented Maharashtra in the SGFI Nationals.
International swimmer Radha Takone, who represented India at the Deaflympics in 2009 at Taipei, Taiwan, trained under him. International swimmer Kanchanmala Pande, President award winner and best swimmer in India, represented India at the World Para Swimming Championship and became the first Indian swimmer to win gold medal at the World Para Swimming Championship held at Mexico 2017.
He also guided long distance adventure sea swimming swimmers like Ninoshka Rodrigues and Apoorva Gorle, who completed 35-km distance from Dharmtar to Gateway of India. Other prominent sea swimmers Harsh Jaiswal, Anzar Rana, Aditi Shah, Mrunmayee Deshpande and Ashwin Mokashi also got guidance from him.
Chandurkar attributed the credit of his success to Aqua Sports Club president Mohan Nahatkar, secretary Mangesh Gadre and chief coach Dr Pravin Lamkhade.